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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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5 Gallon tank mates?

Hello! So my 5 gallon tank has just finished cycling and I'm getting the last things I need before going shopping for a new betta!
Now that I have bigger than a 2.5 gallon, I wanted to try some tank mates if possible! There is already a nerite snail or two in there, but is there anything that could work in the 5 gallon tank with my betta? Is 5 gallons too small for any tankmates besides snails?

I thought about cherry shrimp, but I need to get some more plants if I wanna do that. I've heard about ember tetras, salt and pepper dwarf catfish, ect. There are some mountain cloud minnows at petco, anybody use those? Let me know your thoughts!
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I have a 12 inch cube with Valentine in it. Think that equates to 5.5 US gallons.

There are also lots of plants in it and 2 amano shrimp.
The ideal would have been ghost shrimp, but couldn’t source them.
Deliberately didn’t go for cherry (or any brightly coloured shrimp) because i thought the small tank was too small to expect them to hide (even amongst lots of plants) if Valentine fancied a shrimp dinner.

As things stand, the amanos are cleaning well, but are very, very hard to see. Not sure whether they will stay that way once they have grown a bit :) fortunately, the shrimp seem to be able to swim faster than Val.

70litre tank: mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, male guppies, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
Midnight in the 57litre tank (Midnight) ember tetras, 1 amano, 1 ghost, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.

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Yeah, I heard amano shrimp/ghost shrimp are better than cherries because they are bigger and more willing to put up a fight haha. For me though, I didn't like how gosh darn hard they are to see haha. Even at the pet store I have a hard time seeing the ghost shrimp in there!

Its definitely not planted enough for shrimp yet, if I do decide to go that route. Hmm....
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There’s a pic of the tank and one of the shrimp.
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Very hard to spot! But still small at the mo.

70litre tank: mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, male guppies, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
Midnight in the 57litre tank (Midnight) ember tetras, 1 amano, 1 ghost, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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About the only fish that you could get away with are nano fish like raspbora. You'd need 6 of them to form a small school. Your tank would need to be heavily planted and you'd need to be prepared to move your betta back to the 2.5 gal if he decided to get territorial and go on a seek and destroy mission.
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Okay, I think I'll get my betta first and determine how docile he is with the snails. That should give me some time to get some more plants. I'll see if my local shops have any rasporas and look at the size. :) Thanks!
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One of the neatest little fish ever are Dario Dario. They are tiny and fun to watch (about .75"). However, they only eat live or frozen foods. They are the reason I went from feeding pellets to live and a variety frozen a few years ago.

Dario like Java Moss or Subwassertang and are bottom dwellers. They are just too cute and so small you could have three in your 2.5 gallon or in the 5.5 with your Betta. I will be getting more when www.msjinkzd.com starts selling again.

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Ooh they sound adorable! I would definitely be interested 😄
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They are wonderful. Just keep in mind they will not do well and will probably die unless you commit to feeding a variety of frozen and/or live.

I like Micro and Grindal worms. Micro are easiest to grow and feed. Also, frozen Daphnia, Mosquito larvae and Rotifers are good. I chop up Bloodworms and Brine shrimp. Bloodworms are fed sparingly because they tend to be more fatty. Some sell "Mini Bloodworms" that are really Mosquito larvae. That's what I buy.

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Very interesting. Have they been known to get along with bettas? I would think no since they are so territorial.
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